Key dates, the move to 18 clubs, European qualification slots... Find out all the essential information before the beginning of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats season with Round 1 on 5, 6 and 7 August.
Compared to last season, Ligue 1 Uber Eats has three new clubs to start 2022-23 with, following the promotion of Toulouse FC, AC Ajaccio and AJ Auxerre. This will not be the only novelty of a special season, however, with the calendar having been adapted to the World Cup, the implementation of the French boxing day, four relegations at the end of the season and a new shirt number protocol that mean we will see, for example, Lacazette with the n°91 at OL and Whabi Khazri the n°99 at MHSC.
An adapted 2022-23 calendar and four end-of-season relegations
The 2022-23 season presents some particularities compared to previous campaigns. First of all, the calendar has been adapted to accommodate the FIFA World Cup (from 21 November to 18 December 2022) with an international break after R15 (11-13 November), a resumption in the week of 26 December, and then R17 in the form of a French-style Boxing Day, on 1 and 2 January 2023.
Secondly, in view of the move to 18 clubs in the 2023-24 season, the number of relegations to Ligue 2 BKT at the end of the 2022-23 season is changing. The change in format will be implemented by four relegations (17th, 18th, 19th and last in the standings at the end of the season), while in the other direction, two clubs from Ligue 2 BKT (1st and 2nd in the standings at the end of the season) will move up to Ligue 1 Uber Eats.
As a result, the 2022-23 season will end at the end of the Ligue 1 Uber Eats R38, as there will be no play-off matches.
Match schedule: Still seven time slots
Since the 2020-21 season, Ligue 1 Uber Eats matches have been spread over seven different time slots from Friday to Sunday.
Friday 9pm: 1 match on Prime Video
Saturday 5pm: 1 match on Prime Video
Saturday 9pm: 1 match on Canal+
Sunday 1pm: 1 match on Prime Video
Sunday 3pm: 4 matches on Prime Video
Sunday 5.05pm: 1 match on Canal+
Sunday 8.45pm: 1 match on Prime Video
The mid-week rounds (R5, R18, R21) will be scheduled on Wednesdays with two multiplexes, one at 19:00 and the other at 21:00.
France's current fifth place in the UEFA rankings means that French clubs can count on five tickets for the three European competitions.
Thus, the clubs that finish first and second in the 2022-23 season will qualify directly for the group phase of the 2023-24 Champions League, while the third-placed finisher in Ligue 1 Uber Eats will qualify for the third qualifying round (league route), before having to go through a play-off to hope to play in the group phase.
Fourth place qualifies for the Europa League group stage (2023-24), and fifth place for the play-offs for the Europa League Conference group stage (2023-24).
Video assistant refereeing will be used in this Ligue 1 Uber Eats season. Read about last season's performance.
Five changes per game
As in recent seasons, teams will be able to make up to five substitutions per game. The rules in detail.
Additional substitution for concussion
Implemented in 2021, the concussion protocol will once again be applied this season.
New for 2022-23: Ligue 1 Uber Eats players have the option to wear a shirt number from 1 to 99. Rules in detail here.
This season, the summer window is open until Thursday 1 September at 23:00. Stay on top of all the summer moves!
Kipsta, new official ball supplier
The 2022-23 season also marks the beginning of a new partnership with Kipsta, supplier of the official Ligue 1 Uber Eats ball. Read the report made in the brand's laboratory.
The official update of this ranking follows the end of each round. The identity of the scorers will be confirmed at the end of each round (Monday for the weekend rounds and Thursday for the week-day rounds).
In the event of a tie on the Ligue 1 Uber Eats scorers' chart, the players will be ranked according to the number of penalties scored, the number of assists made, the number of games in which the goals were scored, the amount of playing time required to score their goals, the number of points scored by their team and finally the number of cards received.
>> Honour roll
Officially launched in the 2007-08 season, the Ligue 1 Uber Eats assists chart is updated at the end of each of the 38 rounds, on Mondays for weekend rounds and Thursdays for mid-week rounds.
In the event of a tie in the ranking, players are separated by the number of assists made in open play, then the number of matches in which the assists were made and then the number of minutes played in matches in which the player made at least one assist.
>> Honour roll